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Rob McClure to Lead CHAPLIN on Broadway!

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Rob McClure, who originated the role of Chaplin at the La Jolla Playhouse, will star in the title role of the new Broadway musical CHAPLIN. A new musical depicting the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin, with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Christopher Curtis, CHAPLIN will open on Broadway on Monday, September 10, 2012 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Previews will begin Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Acclaimed director/choreographer Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) directs and choreographs the production. Additional casting and additional creative team to be announced soon.

CHAPLIN comes to Broadway following the popular success of a production at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2010, under the name Limelight. Tickets to CHAPLIN are now on sale to Audience Rewards members through Sunday, June 3. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, June 4 through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200 or 800- 800-432-7250. Group sales are on sale by going to www.telecharge.com/groups or by calling 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780.

For ticket information through Audience Rewards or to create your free membership, go to: www.audiencerewards.com

From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, CHAPLIN is the showbiz Broadway musical about the silent film legend the world couldn't stop talking about - Charlie Chaplin. The brand new 22-person musical reveals the man behind the legend, the undeniable genius that forever changed the way America went to the movies.

CHAPLIN will be produced on Broadway by the Rich Entertainment Group (Bob & Mindy Rich), Roy Gabay (Fela!, The Little Dog Laughed, Steel Magnolias), and John Caudwell and Claire Johnson, with additional producers to be announced. Rich/Caudwell are also co-producing this season's productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Leap of Faith.

Rob McClure (Chaplin) originated the role of Chaplin at La Jolla Playhouse (Craig Noel Award winner). Most recently in New York, Rob received raves for another title role, leading the cast of Where's Charley? at Encores. A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I'm Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. Other selected credits include Avenue Q (1st National Tour, Helen Hayes Nomination), Amadeus (Mozart, Walnut Street Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour, The MUNY), The Game's Afoot (World-Premiere by Ken Ludwig, Cleveland Playhouse), The Producers (Carmen Ghia, Walnut Street Theatre), The Flea and the Professor (World-Premiere, Arden Theatre.) and Johnny Baseball (World-Premiere American Repertory Theater).

Christopher Curtis (Music & Lyrics, Book). As a pianist and singer Chris Curtis has performed in Los Angeles, New York, Japan and Ireland with such artists as Stevie Wonder. As a composer he wrote and sang the theme song for the popular Discovery Channel/The Learning Channel TV series "A Wedding Story" as well as the songs for the Discovery Channel's "Travelers" and "On the Inside." He wrote and sang the theme song to the Trimark Pictures film The Break starring Martin Sheen. Chris was signed to the songwriter program at Disney Animation. Chaplin, formerly entitled Limelight, was the recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle's Craig Noel Award for Best Musical for its run at the La Jolla Playhouse.

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